Backfiring car causes active shooter scare at Florida movie theater

No evidence of active shooter found at theater

DAVIE, Fla. – The sound of a car backfiring near a South Florida movie theater led police to evacuate moviegoers following multiple reports of an active shooter, authorties said.

The incident happened Sunday night at the Cinemax movie theater in Davie.

Davie police later told news outlets that a passing vehicle's engine likely backfired, prompting the scare.

“The movie cut out, the alarms went off, the intercoms said, ’Hey, everyone please leave the movie theatres,” Jonathan Fernandez told WPLG. “And then I followed everyone out of the movie theaters. Everyone was in a little bit of a panic.”

Police officers went theater-to-theater inside the complex and found no signs of a shooter, officials said.